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words of Christ : Not every one that saith to none? Is it that this gate to which our Saviour me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of points us is so strait, the way that He would heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father have us walk in is so narrow? True, the gate that is in heaven. Many shall say to me in that is strait; but strait, why, and to whom? Strait day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy -indeed, impossible to pass through-to all who name? and in thy name have cast out devils ? | come to it environed with the thick wrapping and in thy name done many wonderful works? of pride and worldliness, and the spirit of selfAnd then will I profess unto them, I never knew trust. But strip yourselves of these, - come you : depart from me, ye that work iniquity.' naked and bare of them, come in all humility, · But that door which Christ himself here tells with a broken and a contrite heart, -and you us will be closed at last against so many, is it will not find it strait, but most easy of passage. not now open unto all? Yes. It stands before True, the way is narrow-narrow for each inus, invitingly near, most easy of access, with dividual traveller; but who that ever tried to this blessed inscription written over it, in cha- tread it would wish it to be broader,-to be so racters so large that he who runs may read : wide as to suffer him unchecked to wander away • Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' How from God, or lapse into any transgression of different in this respect from those other doors that law which is so holy, and just, and good ? at which you see so many of our race stand | Narrow as it is to each, that way has breadth knocking the doors that lead to wealth or enough for all to walk in it, without any of that fame, or ease and pleasure! These doors stand jostling, and striving, and sore competing toil so far back, away from where the multitude are which mark the broader way that so many naturally standing, that many, in the rush, and take. throng, and pressure, never get near them, Enter ye in at that strait gate. Walk ever though they toil to do so all their lives. Close humbly, diligently, with careful footstep, with in upon and around each of them what crowds watchful wisdom on that narrow way, and then are gathered, knocking so eagerly, so impatiently | let the alarm rise when and how it may ; let the -often with such impetuous violence! They cry strike the ear, “Behold, He cometh!' No open, however, to but a few of all this number. shut door shall be before you. For you, as for For one that finds entrance, there are hundreds your great Forerunner,-for you, because you that are kept without. Why is it that the great follow Him,—the everlasting doors shall be lifted multitude will still keep rushing to these doors up, and the glad welcome given : Well done, that remain shut against so many, while so few good and faithful servant, enter thou into the try that other door that remains closed against joy of thy Lord.'
Theological and Practical.
CHEER FOR THE TROUBLED CHRISTIAN. I always beautiful. The heavens often gathered
* blackness, heavy tempest-clouds rolled across the F TEN in this world is the child of sky, wind howled, thunder roared, lightning
God sorrowful. There are many flashed, and they trembled. But they have no things which make it difficult to 'be storm now. They have passed through earth's
careful for nothing.' Though the darkness and anguish. Now they enjoy the Bab ald dark and angry waves of trouble blessedness of heaven. have become calm by the spirit's contemplation Will not the troubled Christian join them? of the blessed words of our Lord, Consider the He will. "Weeping may endure for a night, lilies of the field;' though the soul has rejoiced but joy cometh in the morning.' Earth's night in the sweetness of that term, your heavenly will soon be past; heaven's morning will come. Father ;' yet again have the bleak winds of Troubled one! thou wilt then rejoice in the adversity raised the waters, and the Christian unclouded beams of the Sun of Righteousness. cries out in anguish: ‘All thy waves and thy | Down in the valley thou didst cast thy burden billows are gone over me.'
upon the Lord, and so the steep ascent was How sweet it is to such an one to think of the climbed. Now, on heaven's mountain-top, far better land and its occupants! Many are there above the storms of earth, thou dost rejoice in. who have passed through this life; and they were deed. In the thick darkness thou didst place not without trouble.
thy hand in that of thy heavenly Father, and "Once they were mourning here below,
He hath led thee safely through every danger. And wet their couch with tears.'
The morning star of promise, which thy tear
dimmed eyes, gazing upward from earth, someTo them it was not always summer time; the times beheld, is lost in the full radiance of eternal birds did not ceaselessly sing, the land was not day. Oh! thy poor cares, thy pitiful anxieties, sbich made thee cry, My soul cleaveth to the is He who is in us than he who is in the world;' dost,' they are gone for ever. There is no care and, aided by Him who is our light and our salin beaven.
vation, we may so hold fast the word of life, Leap for joy! Rejoice! rejoice! thou art now and shine as lights in the world,' as to save on the plains of glory. Eternal blessedness is some from darkness and death, and prepare them ibice. Hasten, that thy roice may join in the to stand around the Lamb with us on Mount poog of the heavenly host. Swell the grand | Zion. chorus : 'Salvation unto our God, which sitteth
O hasten, Lord, the glorious day, opon the throne, and unto the Lamb.' What
When, throned on Zion's brow, are these which are arrayed in white robes, and
Thy hand shall read the veil away Thence came they? These are they which came
Which blinds the nations now. at of great tribulation, and have washed their
When earth no more beneath the fear robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Of thy rebuke shall lie; Lamb. . . . And God shall wipe away all tears
When pain shall cease, and every tear from their eyes.' Join that company. Thou art
Be wiped from every eye. kerer with the Lord.'
When Judah thus no moro shall roam
Beneath the heathen's claim,
Thy days of splendour shall return,
And all be now again.'
THE HOME OF PERFECT REST. How often, in connection with the prophecies of L.
| To you who are troubled rest with us.'-2 Tuess. i. 7. the glory of the coming age, we have one special mountain referred to, – the mountain of his JESUS said to his disciples, and he still says to bcliness' (Ps. xlviii. 1); 'the mountain of the all his followers, “Let not your heart be troubled ;' Lord's house' (Isa. ii. 2); the mountain of and yet his servant here describes them as you Jehorah' (Micah iv. 2); Mount Zion' (Rev. who are troubled.' But this trouble is outside xiv. 1); and many other places. To Mount Zion the ship, not within it. The trouble Jesus forthe prophet here refers; bence we read just be- bids is that which arises from guilt, and fear, fore, . Then the moon shall be confounded, and and care ; these weaken the soul and produce the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall cowardice. They are like the rot in a tree, which reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and eats away its strength, and prepares for its fall. before his ancients gloriously.' Three times in But external troubles are permitted and overthis chapter is this term used ; and it stands ruled by Jesus; and these are like the winds and connected with the overthrow of all enemies storms, which serve to ground and root the tree (ver. 10), the provision of all blessings (ver. 6), | more securely. They are for discipline and inand divine enlightenment of all nations (ver. 7). struction. Thus the Lord prepared the east wind These blessings will be complete, universal, and which smote the gourd which for a time sheltered permanent. If we look back on the ages past, Jonah. It was the prophet's own fault if he did what do we behold? Nations sitting in darkness not get more good from the withered plant, than and the shadow of death. Deceived by Satan, he had got when it was flourishing in leafy glory, they think that the veil which is spread over and formed a bower over his head. them is an ornament, and that the covering Paul said, “We are troubled on every side, yet which he provides is a defence, whereas it is in not distressed.' No more was laid on him than truth the death-covering.' When Israel shall strength was given him to bear. Look where be all saved, then their salvation will be life from he would on surrounding trouble, he could see the dead to the world. The nations which sit no curse, and therefore felt no fear. Though he in darkness will see a great light, and their lan- | went down to the deeps, he rose again to the guage will be, 'O house of Israel, come ye, and heights; and from the crested top of the wave let us walk in the light of the Lord.' Then, of trouble he caught a glance of the haven of what discoveries will be made, what delight will rest. Then he shouted to his brethren in tribube realized, what devotedness will be manifested ! | lation, 'Rest with us is at hand.' The Lord, in In connection with this destruction of the cover- whom we have rest now, is coming, and then ing of ignorance and the veil of prejudice, this we shall have rest with Him and with one anannulling of the death sentence, will be the cast. | other for ever. Each wave of trouble rolls us ing out of him who blinds the minds of those nearer to that rest, endears the thought of it, who believe not.' Christ, who was manifested and meetens us for it. to destroy the works of the devil, will bind! Let us in all trouble rejoice in hope of this Satan, that he shall not deceive the nations any perfect and permanent rest. If we would do more during the millennium. For all this de- | this, we must recollect the consolations provided liverance and blessing let us hope and pray. for us in trouble in the promises of God; and,
But though we are as yet called to labour now above all, that our God is the God of all comin the midst of all this darkness and delusion, | fort to his troubled ones, and loves to have them let us not be dismayed or discouraged. "Greater reposing in Him on their way to endless rest.
The Christian Treasury.
[January 1, 1867.
The Treasury Hymnal.
The hymns are selected from Dr. Bonar's “Hymns of Faith and Hope.” The Letter-note Method of musical notation, by permission of Messrs. Colville f: Bentley, is introduced as a help to young singers.
THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS, Words by HORATIUS BONAR, D.D.
Music from M. HAYDN. [The tune ‘Salzburz,' in the Scottish Collection, is founded on this melody.]
Not too fast. Met. 100 = 8
*** The letter is placed to the right when the note is sharpened, and to the left when it is flattened.
RECOLLECTIONS OF HOME MISSION WORK.
BY A LADY VISITOR.
NO. XI.—MEMORY'S RECORDS. leon HAT a blessed faculty is memory! | sympathy—that breadth and depth, or rather
How delightfully we can exercise elasticity of love, which can expand and rise to it sometimes in looking back upon meet occasions, as well as touch with finest the past, and, as we feel inclined, stroke the merest trifles.
refresh or instruct our spirits with Anon I found myself within their home. It the recollected fellowships and experiences of was a happy one-a resting-place for mind and former days!
heart. Of them it could be said, and truly, 'Tis said the soul can live in the past, the pre- thatsent, or the future, as it will. So, one evening
• With every morn their love grew tenderer; lately, my tendencies were so decidedly retro
With every eve deeper and tenderer still.' spective, that I gave the reips to memory, and quickly it passed through many a scene of earlier How well also did they succeed in making years, living them o'er, but soon stopped short, their children feel that home was the happiest, and mustered up a train of images that long had dearest place on earth! Surely that delicious lain in deep oblivion.
home feeling is as choice a blessing as parents Anon I sat within the dear old church, where can bestow. oft in early years I worshipped, just on the | Here I could not help pausing to reflect how day that the first appearance of a stranger lady much the salvation of children depends on the and gentleman, with their numerous family, character of their parents, and especially of the made some sensation in our midst. I must, mother; what a power she possesses of impresshowever, do them the justice to state, that this ing upon the minds of her children her own was not to be attributed to their fashionable cherished principles ! attire-it was extremely modest.
| That power, too, is ever necessarily exercised, Every one carries an atmosphere about with either for good or evil, as the senses of children them, it is said, and, if it be true, theirs was are ever busily, though unconsciously, taking denser or more easily discernible than others; in impressions from what passes around them. they seemed quite immersed in the element of They are also found to be keen observers, and from love, but without the least unseemly manifesta- | the circumstances thus observed, to be constantly tion of it.
drawing their own conclusions. And it follows, How devout, too, they all appeared, with a of course, that in a home where religion is made tenderness and unconsciousness in their expres- i prominent-pervasive as an atmosphere-God's sion, that was quite beautiful to look upon. presence and agency distinctly realized-impres
Next, I was walking home with a friend, and sions cannot fail of being made, and the superthough not naturally curious, nor from principle structure of pure and noble character raised on inclined to say much about my neighbours, was right foundations. yet receiving with considerable relish some in- My reflections over memory again bounded formation about the new-comers, all the more | forward, to view afresh these home-scenes of readily that it quite coincided with the favour hallowed joy she oft had witnessed, and often able opinion I had formed of them.
halted and lingered over them, as if in hope to One little female prayer-meeting was memory's catch some inkling of their spirit. next resting-place, on the evening that Mrs. 'Tis diflicult sometimes to give form and body A. first came among us; and on being asked -paint in words the beauteous visions that rise to take part in the services, did so in a manner before one's mind. But as one or two of them that deepened our former favourable impressions appeared in clearer outline than the others, I into reverence and love.
will try to sketch them, though but in a very One thing that drew us young people so much imperfect manner. to her was, if I may so express it, her motherli- ! "Twas with me a time of sadness. Dark clouds ness. How broad her sympathies were! How | not only lowered around, but also threatened genial her spirit!
to overwhelm. There is a sorrow which mere She was, however, no latitudinarian. But,
words cannot reach. Well Mrs. A. knew that, while maintaining her own principles most and also when sympathy would be better manirigidly, she had an enlarged experience and rich- fested by silence than by speech. ness of soul which gave a peculiar charm to One afternoon we sat in a little front parlonr, her conversation.
a kind of sanctum sanctorum-I hope I will not be Then memory, in a kind of freak, undid an- / thought very irreverent-where only the priviother fastening, and from a secret crevice brought leged were permitted to enter; and just at a time up an image most markedly in contrast with the when words of comfort, spoken directly to me, former, and placed them side by side. 'Twas that would have been worse than useless, Mrs. A., in of one who, while all but intolerably conscien- | her own cheery way, turned to her daughter, tious about trifles, lacked sadly that enlarged who sang beautifully, and said